The Voluntary Euthanasia Party NSW was the first state branch of the VEP to be registered in Australia – in February 2014. The VEP was created to provide the choice and dignity that current legislation is denying the most vulnerable Australians. The party hopes to provide a clear political outlet for the overwhelming public support for voluntary assisted dying in Australia.
Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Euthanasia – A growing group of Christians who believe that, as a demonstration of love and compassion, those with a terminal or hopeless illness should have the option of a pain-free, peaceful and dignified death with legal voluntary euthanasia. Download their booklet …
Go Gentle Australia is a non-profit group started by Andrew Denton in 2016 to help relieve the distress, helplessness and suffering experienced by Australians with untreatable or terminal illnesses, their families and carers. Their primary focus is on the creation of compassionate and sensible assisted dying laws, based on the evidence-based success of similar laws overseas.
Drs4vechoice.org – Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice are a national organisation of Australian medical practitioners, both current and retired, who are committed to having a legal choice of providing information and assistance to rational adults, who, for reasons of having no realistic chance of cure or relief from intolerable symptoms, would like to gently end their lives.
End of Life Law in Australia developed by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research (Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) provides accurate, practical and relevant information for patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community about Australian laws relating to death, dying and end of life decision-making.
DyingForChoice.com was launched in June 2015 by Neil Francis (past President and CEO of Dying With Dignity Victoria) with the aim of providing up-to-date and evidence-backed information related to law reform for voluntary assisted dying.
The World Federation of Right to Die Societies founded in 1980, consists of 46 right to die organizations from 26 countries.
Dying With Dignity ACT believes everyone deserves a peaceful death
Dying with Dignity Victoria is an active law reform and ‘self help’ organisation pursuing public policies and laws in the state of Victoria that enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.
South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (SAVES) belives that there are those among us whose personal circumstances and life perspective lead them to rationally consider a medically induced death and that it is wrong to deny that option in all circumstances: and voluntary euthanasia is a desperately needed emergency exit for some.
Dying with Dignity Queensland. believes that people, particularly those who are elderly or who are suffering from a terminal or hopeless illness, should not be forced to endure severe distress against their wishes.
Dying with Dignity Tasmania seeks to achieve legislation giving effect to freedom of choice and individual human rights, so that any person suffering through illness or other medical condition, severe pain or distress for which no remedy is available that is acceptable to the person, should be entitled by law to a painless and dignified death in accordance with that person’s expressed direction.
Dying with Dignity Western Australia (DWDWA) known as the Western Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society or WAVES unil Nov 2016, seeks to bring about changes to the law and to medical ethics to allow a person, suffering severe pain or distress with no reasonable prospect of recovery, to receive, with the proper safeguards, a painless medically assisted and dignified death in accordance with his or her expressed wishes.
Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Society (NTVES) was formed in 1995 after the passage of Voluntary Euthanasia legislation in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. Marshall Perron’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (ROTI) was the world’s first VE legislation. It survived several appeals and became usable on 1 July 1996. Four people made use of ROTI before a private member’s bill in Federal Parliament in March 1997 took away the right of a territory parliament to make VE legislation. The States of Australia still have that right.
YourLastRight.com is the website of the national alliance set up in 2010 that brings together all Australian state and territory dying-with-dignity and voluntary euthanasia societies to deliver choice and dignity to Australians. Regular meetings of representatives from each state and territory organisation are held by video link
Exit International was founded in 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke and takes a non-medical approach to a person’s right to determine the time and manner of their death. Exit’s aim is to ensure the individual is fully supported by family and friends and has access to the best available information.
Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand seeks a change to the law to allow terminally ill patients, or those whose quality of life has diminished to an unacceptable extent, the right to a peaceful death with dignity at a time of their own choosing.
Dignity in Dying UK – are a national campaign and membership organisation with over 25,000 active supporters campaigning to legalise assisted dying, within upfront safeguards, for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
Compassion & Choices – the USA’s oldest and largest non-profit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. They work to authorize and implement medical aid in dying across the USA, to allow mentally capable adults in their final weeks or months of a terminal disease to advance the time of death and end unbearable suffering.
My Death My Decision (MDMD) is an assisted dying campaign organisation which believes that assisted dying should be available to all mentally competent adults with incurable health problems that reduce their quality of life permanently below the level they are willing to accept, provided this is their own persistent request. They do not restrict this right to those who are terminally ill.
Dying With Dignity Canada – are a national, member-based charity committed to helping people achieve quality in dying. We help people understand all end-of-life options and work for choice in dying for all Canadians.
Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organisation USA (ERGO) holds that voluntary euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and self deliverance are all appropriate life endings depending on the individual medical and ethical circumstances.
Beyond Blue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
Lifeline It is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. During the night they have an Online Live Chat service for confidential one-to-one internet chat with a Lifeline Online Crisis Supporter.
Die-alogue Cafe A not-for-profit, community-based think-tank based in Newcastle, Australia, that can connect visitors with the significant players in the natural death scene. Their site is a good reference point for relevant information and a safe place to talk about dying and death, ritual and remembrance.
LifeCircle engages organisations in the end of life arena to support people to live well, right to the end of life. LifeCircle delivers professional training to enable organisations to provide support to those caring at end of life. They provide on-line Help Sheets about the many issues you will face during the challenging role of being a carer for someone at end of life.
Carers NSW – is an association for relatives and friends caring for people with a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. They offer a counselling and support for carers throughout NSW and have a range of resources to provide practical information for carers.
The Rationalist Association of NSW – founded in 1912, the aim is to establish a system of philosophy and ethics independent of all arbitrary assumptions or authority. This association has always supported the work of Dying with Dignity NSW.
New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties is one of Australia’s leading human rights and civil liberties organisations. Their aim is to secure the equal rights of everyone (as long as they don’t infringe the rights and freedoms of others) and oppose any abuse or excessive power by the State against its people. To this end NSWCCL attempts to influence public debate and government policy on a range of human rights issues.
Cancer Voices Australia is an independent, 100% volunteer voice of people affected by cancer, working to improve the cancer experience for Australians, their families and friends. We are active in the areas of diagnosis, information, treatment, research, support, care, survivorship and policy.
Clinical Ethics Resource – NSW Health and Sydney Uni web-site providing NSW health professionals, as well as legal and other professionals interested in clinical and bioethics with guidelines, tools, legislation, policy, reports, articles, books and examples of legal cases.
Pain Australia – a national not-for-profit body which aims to improve the quality of life for people with pain and their families and to minimise the burden of pain on individuals and the community by working with consumers, healthcare professionals and State and Federal Governments to implement the recommendations of the National Pain Strategy.
The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Inc. – is a not-for profit organisation working to provide support to people living with asbestos related diseases, family members, carers and friends.